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Supporting our People

Defence is committed to supporting and developing its Indigenous members from when they first join the organisation right throughout their careers. Defence offers a range of support programs, Indigenous specific training opportunities, formal and informal networking and special provisions for its Indigenous employees which include:

  • DECA provisions - the Defence Enterprise Collective Agreement (DECA) includes explicit provisions enabling Indigenous members to participate in cultural activities during NAIDOC week and other ceremonial events.

  • Defence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network (DATSIN) - is a body comprising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ADF personnel and Australian Public Servants employed in Defence. The network is a communication vehicle that provides informal support to its members for its members and by its members;.

  • Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership - this course is designed to develop the capacity of Indigenous people in order to take on leadership and senior roles in communities, workplaces, organisations and within the family unit. 25 Indigenous Defence employees commenced the program in May 2015.

  • Induction program for Defence Indigenous trainees and supervisors - assists supervisors in their role in developing and supporting Indigenous staff and provides trainees with a better insight into APS and ADF employment in Defence.

  • The Social Network of Graduates - provides support for all Australian Public Service graduates who have recently arrived in Canberra and under Defence leadership is now is now open to all APS Indigenous trainees.

  • Host Family Program - a program being developed for Defence Indigenous employees who may be dislocated from their communities in order to work in Defence. The Host Family Program will link Indigenous staff that may have had to move from their homes and families to a 'host' family in the new location.

For more information on Defence support programs, please email